“Cranial certainly delivers some immensely satisfying heaviness. Recommended.”
Hailing from Würzburg, Germany, Cranial is gearing up to release Alternate Endings in September 2019. This sophomore effort will be put out by Moments of Collapse and Sludgelord Records.
Michael Melchers (ex-Omega Massif guitarist) founded the sludge/post-metal group in 2014 with Julian Weidhaus (bass, vocals), Cornelius Merlin (drums) and Sebastian Kröckel (guitar). They quickly worked on the first tracks and recorded them in the Blank Disc Studio with Tobias Anderko (Black Smoker, Omega Massif). The songs were mixed and mastered at the Tonmeisterei in Oldenburg (Nightslug, Alpinist, Men In Search Of The Perfect Weapon). That material was released in late 2015 in the form of the lavishly designed Dead EndsEP on Moment Of Collapse Records.
International praise and festival performances followed, and the band released their first full length, Dark Towers / Bright Lights, in early 2017. Comparisons to bands such as Neurosis, Omega Massif, Generation Of Vipers, and Cult of Luna were repeatedly brought to the band.
With Alternate Endings, Cranial has once again taken a step forward, expanding their songwriting and production. They found a successful constellation for their most brutal sound with Ghost City Recordings (Heads., Swain, Nightmarer) and Magnus Lindberg (Cult of Luna), and look forward to the release with Moment of Collapse and Sludgelord.
Listen to the track “Faint Voice” here: https://www.nocleansinging.com/2019/08/07/an-ncs-premiere-cranial-faint-voice/